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Artist: EMPIRE STATE HUMAN (@)
Title: Liquid Blue
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Ninthwave Records (@)
Empire State Human are slightly changing their music style but this isn't to be seen as something bad, because they are evolving. Even if this MCD contains eight tracks (of which six are remixes) we can notice traces of the new path from some arrangements of the opening "Liquid Blue" (coming from the forthcoming new album "Urbanism"), from the unreleased "Time/Travel" and from their remixed version of "Film Star" . At this point you'll ask: what changed? Well the sound is quite the same but if before the references were based most on 80's sounds, now we can say that techno influences are taking a hold. This isn't bad at all because Empire State Human are a good band and they wanted probably to "refresh" the sound always being true to themselves and be sure that they succeeded. Also the remixed versions of "We Are Industry", "Dollar In Blue Collar", "Chimes", "Little Alfie" and "High" are good tracks which with this new versions live of a new life becoming more intriguing. Sign that E.S.H. did a good job since the beginning when they composed the tracks the first time. You know... if melodies suck it's difficult to do a catchy remix ;)
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Artist: Pako & Frederik
Title: Atlantic Breakers
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
It is Dutch producers/remixers/DJs Pako & Frederik we owe the fact that the Global Underground music brand is now not only for globe-trotting DJ mix albums anymore, but also an outlet for original material. The duo has been featured on Digweed's Bedrock label and on Global Underground's "Hong Kong" album, as well as on GU's sub-labels Coded and Quad, so they're no strangers around here, but they also have been releasing music on their own label Majestic Music. Personally I really digged "Atlantic Breakers" because it merges so many aspects of techno, electronica, ambient, trance and dance music. It is not your average dancefloor album, and although it has that too, it chills it out with relaxing suites of cool breaks, acoustic drums loops, elegant electronique musique and ethereal atmospheres. This record truly deserves, it's simply beautiful, various, special, unique... I love "Atlantic Breaks"'s relaxed moods! Beautiful artwork photography too. Enjoy it, it's worth.
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Artist: Steve Lawler
Title: Lights Out 2
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Global Underground (@)
Experienced UK club DJ Steve Lawler is back with his signature hot blend of sexy house, sweaty techno and sensual trance that he already sported last year on "Lights Out". Global Underground releases the second chapter of "Lights Out", which again blacks out people on the dancefloor leaving them asking for more at every one of his sets at Harlem Nights' The End or at Space. His many devote fans know him for messing with the tracks he mixes so when you are in the presence of Lawler you know you'll get more than what you bargained for (if you don't know what I mean check out the intros to these two CDs, one featuring Luzon and the other one featuring the majestic Underworld). Either way, the needle of "Lights Out 2" (which saw the lights of stores on Nov 4th) explores the holes of Alan Barrat, Bertoldo, Diamond Dogs feat. Mary Tanning, Solar vs. Audio Fly, Dino Da Cassino, Danusha, Paul Johnson, Kade, Polekat, Presser, Steffano Noto presents Faith Sounds, Anoma, Corbett feat. Michelle G., Chuck'n'Roll, indart Colors Y Legaz, Dj Pierre vs. David Morales, UN7, Sahara, Alcatraz, Prophets of Sounds, Eric Kaufmann, Java & Gabi Newman, Eurochrome, What Ever Girl presents, Jaydee. Dance on...
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Artist: JAR
Title: In Theory and Practice
Format: CD
Label: Corrosive Growth Industries (@)
Distributor: Everyday Sounds
JAR basically stands for Jake, Alex and Rat, the three individuals that make up this experimental noise project. They all have a punk and post-rock background (Jake drummed for The Frantix and played in Arse, Steccoral Pride and Speed Cripple together with Rat, who also sung with Marching Orders, while Alex was lead singer and guitar player in Initial Prater and Thursten Sigferth), but eventually ended up in the industrial-electro-noise scene (Jake also releases music under Slackjaw and established Corrosive Growth Industries in '91, while Rat is Thorax+Wings). Musically JAR doesn't carry around much of the anger of their individuals' past projects, but it does have sort of a retro outlook on the matter of interpretation of "industrial" which is what makes it stand out. Abstract and noisy, somewhere between Throbbing Gristle, Asmus Tietchens, Dream Into Dust, As All Die, Vehemenence and other projects from those sonic surroundings. The CD-R comes in a beautifully hand-made packaging consisting of silver-sprayed black jewel case and CD and of parchment-like paper with black-sprayed edges. Outstanding design, uncompromising sound.
Artist: Razed in Black (@)
Title: Damaged
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Distributor: Cleopatra Records
Just saw Razed in Black in Chicago and they put on by far one of the best shows I have ever seen in a long time. Truely one of the most best dark electronic synthpop acts out. Hailing all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii, these guys are amazing. Rommell Regulacion is the vocalist and is one of the coolest guys I have ever met. He is the brains behind this band and they are receivng worldwide recognition everywhere and when you listen to this cd you will understand just why they are. Let's begin with my favorite track, Track two, Share the Poison, first of all one of the most danciest and in genuis tracks on the over all double cd boxset. Rommell sings, " I can't stand the thought of life," set with vnvish background and beautiful electro waves hitting you hard. Then it gets quiet for a minute and disapears into the darkness. Builidng up and then descending, truely anazing. Let us proceed with Track six, Am I two blame?, which is a very familiar track to all. These track has been played all over the dancefloors worldwide and is acclaiming great fame. Rommell key words singing, "U Say that I , am I 2 blame? These words will always be the key words that Razed in Black will be known for. Singing dark words about the one that got away with synthy poppers bobbing to this from afar. Truely one of the most known tracks for this band and truely the most dancy. Next we proceed to Track 7 Visions, a very familar track and another dancefloor hit. Electro heaven, with a beautiful women singing in the background, "visions." Rommell sings on , 'why can't we bring things back, just like they were before." So much is going on in this track from every which way you look, even the audience is participating. The most obvious track that got Razed in Black the most successful is yes, you guessed it, "Oh my goth!", also on this album and truely a gem. The rest of the album is truely pure genuis and should be owned by everyone. 4 starts and then some...It doesn't get any better than this!
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